The Theme Of Death In Poems


Death is a common theme in many poems. It is viewed so differently
to everyone. In the poems, "Because I could not stop for Death," "First
Death in Nova Scotia," and "War is kind" death is presented by each
narrator as something different. To one it is a kind gentle stranger
while to another it is a cold cruel being.
A kind gentleman stranger personifies death in, "Because I could
not stop for Death." The narrator of the poem is a busy person, with little
time, and definitely no time to die. Her carriage driver, which is death,
arrives to take her into immortality. Death isn't hasty, he doesn't take
her quickly. He drives her past things that the narrator had not taken the
time to ...

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yet she isn't passing by anymore, and to her this hundred
years seems as no time at all. Finally she accepts her death, and is able
to pass into eternity. To her death wasn't harsh like some see it, but a
kindly, gentle soul, taking her for a carriage ride to her final home.
A child experiences death much differently than an adult. Children
aren't quite able to see death as the sad even that it is. "First Death in
Nova Scotia" tells of a young boys death, and his cousins view of it. We
are shown Arthur's death through the eyes of a child. The little girl, our
narrator, describes the scene of her cousins funeral. Her focus however is
not how we might think that she would perceive it. She describes to us
pictures of the Royal family hanging in the room, and of a stuffed loon
that her uncle had killed. To me it seems that she sees this event, her
cousins death, as an esteemed event, one that the most pristine people are
attending. She begins by telling us of the royals ...

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